Burbank Comedy Festival might fill the big comedy-festival void in L.A. (With so many major studios in its backyard, it seems like a no-brainer.) Among the 200 headliners and emerging comics appearing will be Jeff Garlin, Whitney Cummings, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jimmy Pardo, Joey Diaz, Jackie Kashian, Laurie Kilmartin and Carlos Alazraqui. Other events taking place at Flappers and surrounding venues (L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre, Barney's Beanery, Hilton Hotel) throughout the week include resident club shows with names like Lame of Thrones, Jokes for Jews and Ancestry Dot.Comedy, in addition to podcast tapings, including VO Buzz Weekly, which will feature the entire voice-over cast from The Animaniacs and SpongeBob SquarePants' Tom Kenny. And if you're looking to learn about the industry, club owners, agents and managers will lead panels and workshops on topics ranging from "Social Media for Comedians" and "How to Be a Better Emcee" to "Creating Your Comedy Podcast."
It looks like Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival and Tenacious D's Festival Supreme are absent this year, and Riot L.A. has yet to be announced. But the fifth annual